January 10, 2006

Priest sentenced for child sex abuse

The Courier-Journal

The Rev. Edwin Scherzer, a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville, was sentenced yesterday to five years of house arrest for abusing four boys between 1956 and 1966.

Scherzer, 81, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of indecent or immoral practices with a child under 15.

He will have to register as a sex offender.

Scherzer retired in 1995. Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly removed him from public ministry in 2002.

Earlier this year, the Vatican ordered him to lead a life of prayer and penance but did not remove him from the priesthood. Scherzer cannot perform any public ministry, present himself as a priest or have unsupervised contact with minors.

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2006 08:28 AM